Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Northern Illinois
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Lots of issues being addressed in this thread. One that I want to start with is about folks with handicapped plates, parking in a designated spot, but "appearing" to be able bodied. Don't be so quick to judge. Sure, it could be a relative of a disabled person, but it could also be someone with a heart condition that can walk a short distance looking normal, but if they had to walk a long distance they would have problems doing so.
Here in Illinois the state will only issue one handicapped license plate. I own two cars and a motorcycle, and my handicapped plate is on one of the cars. My other car had a placard, but the state would not issue a second placard for my motorcycle. Now in fairness, since my heart surgery and my double knee replacement and after full recovery from major lung surgery I am probably doing well enough that I don't really need a handicapped plate at all, but the reality is that a rider may be handicapped but have his one and only plate on another vehicle.
Finally, I will admit that sometimes I have parked in the striped area near a handicapped parking spot. But if I do, it is always far to the side, where in fact I would not be interfering even with a wheelchair lift or other device needed by the handicapped driver. Parking like this leaves the bike more visible and less likely to be smashed by a driver thinking a regular space is open and pulling in too quickly, knocking over the motorcycle that is legally parked there.
I'm much more concerned with cars taking up the whole handicapped space and not having the disabled plate, a placard, or any other indication of them needing that space, but doing so just for personal convenience. I may be alone in this, but more often than not the car involved is a Lexus or BMW or Mercedes or other luxury, expensive car where the owner obviously thinks that because he/she can afford this expensive car they also have the right to park wherever they want to.
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